Bidet sales have increased 10x since news of the COVID-19 coronavirus broke. As Americans continue to panic and buy-out all of the toilet paper in their local stores, many consumers are turning towards bidets as a potential solution for cleanliness problems created by this continued crisis.
Bidets are already used by millions of people all over the world. In Europe and most of Asia, bidets are the standard for bathroom cleaning. The technology uses a gentle stream of water to wash the anus after the user finishes going to the bathroom. Bidet models can even be adjusted to help clean women after they go to the bathroom.
But with so many bidets on the market, how do you know which bidet is right for you? Because the technology is so uncommon to many parts of the world, most people in English-speaking countries have no idea how bidets work or what to look for when buying one.
What’s the best bidet available today? Which bidet is right for your family? How do you order or install a bidet at home? This guide to the top bidets in 2020 will help consumers to answer all of the most important questions concerning this unique technology, including frequently asked questions about bidets to keep readers informed.
Today, we’re explaining everything you need to know about the best bidets of 2020.
Top 13 Best Bidets Brands of 2020
- 1 Top 13 Best Bidets Brands of 2020
- 1.1 Tushy Classic Bidet Attachment
- 1.2 Brondell Swash 1400
- 1.3 SmartBidet SB-1000 Electric Bidet Seat
- 1.4 Luxe Bidet Neo 120 Mechanical Bidet Attachment
- 1.5 Brondell GoSpa Travel Bidet
- 1.6 TOTO C200 Washlet
- 1.7 Tushy Spa Premium Warm Water Bidet Attachment
- 1.8 Purrfectzone Handheld Bidet Toilet Sprayer
- 1.9 Veken Non-Electric Bidet
- 1.10 GenieBidet
- 1.11 JP Bathroom Master
- 1.12 SAMODRA Bidet Attachment
- 1.13 UKSAT Portable Bidet
- 2 How We Ranked the Most Popular Bidets
- 3 Who Should Use Bidets?
- 4 Benefits of Bidets
- 5 Scientific Evidence for Bidets
- 6 How to Install a Bidet Attachment
- 7 Frequently Asked Questions About Bidets
- 7.1 Who Should Use Bidets?
- 7.2 Does the bidet wand touch me during use?
- 7.3 Do bidets come with seat warmers?
- 7.4 Are bidet toilet seat attachments dirty?
- 7.5 Can you control the temperature bidet water?
- 7.6 Do you need a plumber to install a bidet?
- 7.7 Do you still need to use toilet paper with a bidet?
- 7.8 How do you dry yourself after using a bidet?
- 7.9 Are bidets toilet seats hard to install?
- 7.10 Do you need an electrical outlet for a bidet?
- 7.11 Can you use an extension cord with my bidet?
- 7.12 Are bidets environmentally friendly?
- 7.13 Are bidets healthier?
- 7.14 How do you know when you're clean after using a bidet?
- 7.15 Do you flush the toilet after using a bidet?
- 7.16 Will a bidet seat fit your toilet?
- 7.17 What does a bidet do?
- 7.18 What does a ‘dual action’, ‘dual nozzle’, or ‘front and back’ bidet do?
- 7.19 Are bidets good for septic tanks?
- 8 Final Thoughts
Our guide to the best bidets in 2020 helps consumers understand the basic facts about bidets, complete with frequently asked questions about bidets and a ranking of the top 10 bidets in 2020.
Tushy Classic Bidet Attachment
Tushy is one of the leading bidet companies available today. The company sells a $79 bidet attachment that can easily be added to any toilet. It’s affordable luxury that’s easy for anyone to install.
Tushy claims you’ll use 80% less toilet paper after installing their bidet. You still need to use toilet paper to pay yourself dry, although many people can safely use a hand towel or something similar. In fact, the Tushy Classic Bidet Attachment could remove your dependence on toilet paper entirely.
One thing we appreciate about the Tushy Classic Bidet Attachment is that you can install it in ten minutes. Plus, it doesn’t require any electricity or additional plumbing. To use it, just turn the knob and set the nozzle spray. Adjust the intensity and duration however you like.
- Pros: Easy to use; easy to install; self-cleaning nozzle
- Cons: Bidet control panel is square and sticks out from rounded toilet bowls; there’s only one temperature available
- Price: $79
Brondell Swash 1400
The Brondell Swash 1400 is marketed as a “luxury bidet toilet seat”. It has one of the largest remote controls we have ever seen with a bidet. There are multiple pressure options, heated seats, heated water, nozzle oscillation, replaceable deodorizer, and a cool, blue illuminating nightlight.
All of these features make the Brondell Swash 1400 one of the best bidets available today. At the touch of a button on the remote, you can quite literally customize your bidet experience. There’s even an air dryer, which means you never have to use toilet paper again.
Brondell has been making bidets since 2003. All Brondell Swash 1400 purchases come with a three-year warranty.
- Pros: Customize everything; change seat temperature; change water pressure; change water temperature; easy to install; nozzle oscillation; cool, blue illuminating nightlight
- Cons: Pricey
- Price: $650
SmartBidet SB-1000 Electric Bidet Seat
SmartBidet makes a popular bidet seat that’s easy to install and supports up to 440 pounds of weight. Unlike with the Tushy attachment above, the SmartBidet is a complete seat. You replace your existing toilet seat with it, placing the SmartBidet on top of your toilet.
There’s a reason this is called a “smart” bidet. The SmartBidet SB-1000 will activate skin sensors when you sit down. You use the included remote control to cycle through five different water pressure levels, three different water temperatures, and five nozzle positions.
The SB-1000 has multiple nozzle settings, including the popular “posterior wash”, “feminine wash”, and “turbo wash” for an ultimate clean.
Once you’re done, the SB-1000 can dry off the area with a built-in warm dryer, eliminating the need for toilet paper.
One of the main drawbacks of the SB-1000 is that you need an electrical outlet. Most bathrooms have electrical outlets, although you may need to run an obtrusive electrical line from your sink down to your toilet.
And, priced at $400, SmartBidet has a smart device price tag. There’s a lot of technology inside this toilet seat bidet, and that technology costs money.
- Pros: Smart skin sensors; multiple nozzle settings; built-in warm dryer
- Cons: Requires an electrical outlet
- Price: $399
Luxe Bidet Neo 120 Mechanical Bidet Attachment
The Luxe Bidet Neo 120 is an easy-to-use bidet with fresh water and a powerful nozzle. It also may be the most stylish bidet here, featuring chrome knobs and an attractive, blue interface.
Turn one of the chrome knobs to “wash”, then select your desired water pressure with the other chrome knob.
The Luxe Bidet Neo 120 Mechanical Bidet Attachment even has a nozzle guard gate that shields the nozzle, preventing unwanted splashes (you definitely don’t want splashes to hit the nozzle). The nozzle is also self cleaning.
The Neo 120 is easy to install on most standard toilets. It has a slim, low-profile design that doesn’t look out of place on any standard toilet.
- Pros: Stylish design; chrome knobs; steel hoses; unobtrusive design
- Cons: Only cold water
- Price: $29.97
Brondell GoSpa Travel Bidet
Brondell’s GoSpa Travel Bidet is the first item on our list that is not a toilet attachment. Instead, it’s a travel bidet that functions like a fancier version of a plastic water bottle.
The travel bidet comes with a discreet carrying sack and a colorful purple bottle. The end of the bottle has an attachment that allows you to easily spray water onto the targeted area.
Each bottle has up to 400mL of water, and you fill the bottle yourself. You can choose cold or hot water. The air lock on the bottle allows some air to sleep in, preventing the bidet from over-spraying.
You can angle the nozzle arm under your body and gently squeeze the bottle to hit the targeted area. You control the pressure and can easily spray as many times as you like.
- Pros: Fill with your own water; add essential oils or natural cleaning compounds
- Cons: Low-tech option; may be uncomfortable for certain people to use
- Price: $20
TOTO C200 Washlet
TOTO is one of the kings of the bidet industry. The company’s popular Washlet model aims to provide a clean, comfortable bidet experience.
One of the fancy touches with the C200 Washlet is that the lid automatically opens or closes when sensing movement nearby. Before you sit down, the C200 Washlet will spray the inside of the toilet bowl with a “pre-mist”, helping prevent waste from sticking to the interior of the bowl.
Once you sit down, you’ll discover another nifty feature of the C200 Washlet: a heated seat. Once you’re ready to clean, you can choose from a front or rear cleaning function. There are five different temperature and pressure settings. Whether you like it cold and fast or warm and slow, you can customize your bidet experience with the C200 Washlet.
TOTO also makes a big deal out of its Air-In Wonder Wave technology. The bidet injects air into the water to enlarge droplets, allowing spray to cover a larger area without making everything too wet. It’s an extra layer of fancy technology on an already fancy, Japanese-inspired bidet.
As with many other bidet attachments listed here, the C200 Washlet is self-cleaning. Like other high-end bidet toilet seat options here, the C200 Washlet is priced over $600.
- Pro: Easy to use; stylish; heated seat; customizable pressure and temperature options
- Cons: Long install time
- Price: $630
Tushy Spa Premium Warm Water Bidet Attachment
Tushy’s Classic bidet attachment is the top-ranked item on our list. However, it has one drawback: it doesn’t support warm water.
If you want a Tushy bidet attachment with warm water, then the Tushy Spa Premium Warm Water Bidet Attachment is an option. The attachment works just like the Tushy Classic. It attaches easily to any ordinary toilet, with the rectangular control panel sticking out the side of your toilet.
The control panel lets you easily choose the temperature and pressure of the nozzle.
Another nice feature with the Tushy Spa Premium Warm Water Bidet Attachment is that you can choose from nine different styles and colors. You can choose an option with bamboo knobs, for example, or an option with gold or silver-colored knobs.
- Pros: Warm or cold water; multiple color and style options; easy to install
- Cons: Squarish design sticks out from conventional toilets
- Price: $109
Purrfectzone Handheld Bidet Toilet Sprayer
Purrfectzone makes a Handheld Bidet Toilet Spray made from stainless steel. It’s less fancy than other options listed here: it’s literally a handheld sprayer (similar to a garden hose) instead of a customizable, gentle bidet sprayer.
However, Purrfectzone’s Handheld Bidet Toilet Sprayer is designed to be simple to install while offering customizable pressure. There are two mount options: on your wall or directly on your toilet tank.
A full range of pressure options are available, ranging from a dribble to full force. You customize the pressure simply by pulling down the trigger. The harder you pull, the more pressure there will be.
Many Amazon re-sellers try to sell Purrfectzone’s sprayer at inflated prices. You can find similar products sold under different brand names, although they all seem to be identical to the Purrfectzone Handheld Bidet Toilet Sprayer.
- Pros: Customizable pressure; easy to install; multiple mounting options; designed for ordinary bidet use or cloth diaper cleaning
- Cons: Less fancy and discreet than alternative bidet options here
- Price: $80
Veken Non-Electric Bidet
Veken makes one of Amazon’s most popular bidet options. The dual nozzle bidet offers front and rear cleaning and a self-sanitizing nozzle. There’s a nozzle guard for added protection and easy maintenance.
Veken has also designed the bidet to be easy to install. There’s no electricity involved: just hook it up to your toilet and attach the water supply.
Veken’s bidet has a minimalistic, stylish, white appearance with chrome knobs. It has a rounded, futuristic design that won’t look out of place on any standard toilet.
- Pros: Stylish and discreet; chrome nozzles; front and rear cleaning; self cleaning nozzle
- Cons: Minor complaints about material quality and design
- Price: $60
GenieBidet is one of Amazon’s bestselling bidets. As of March 2020, the bidet has an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 with over 3,200+ customer reviews.
Many people also like the GenieBidet because it’s cheaper than other bidet seats listed here. While most other bidet toilet seats are priced above $400, the GenieBidet is available for a much more reasonable $150.
GenieBidet fits standard, round toilets. It uses a non-electric bidet system with adjustable nozzles from strong to ambient sprays. It also has front and rear cleansing nozzles and a soft close seat, among other features.
- Pros: Affordable bidet toilet seat option; adjustable nozzles from strong to ambient; front and rear cleansing nozzles
- Cons: Cheaper material than other bidet toilet seats
- Price: $150
JP Bathroom Master
JP Bathroom Master offers a handful of bidets, although their most popular option is the handheld bidet toilet sprayer kit. The easy-to-install kit can be attached to any bathroom or toilet. You can adjust the water pressure to your exact needs, ranging from gentle flow to full pressure.
Like other hose-style bidets, the JP Bathroom Master toilet sprayer kit is designed for normal bidet use and cloth diaper kit. Your installation kit comes with a stainless steel shower hose, a sprayer, a T-adapter, two rubber washes, and one mounting clip attachment and wall mount.
- Pros: Easy to install; leakproof; works for standard bidet and cloth diaper use; adjustable water pressure
- Cons: Less discreet than other bidet options; ‘garden hose style’ bidet
- Price: $75
SAMODRA Bidet Attachment
SAMODRA offers a non-electric cold water bidet toilet seat attachment with pressure controls, retractable nozzles, and a self-cleaning system.
The bidet is made from durable ABS material and features a portable control panel to the side of your toilet. There’s a metal/ceramic core, a brass T-adapter, and a braided steel cold water hose instead of the cheap plastics used in other options.
There’s a front and rear wash option, and water pressure is fully adjustable with the 360 degree knob.
- Pros: Made from metal, braided steel, and brass instead of plastic; dual spray nozzle; self cleaning
- Cons: Cold water only
- Price: $65
UKSAT Portable Bidet
Looking for the cheapest bidet of 2020? Just want a bidet that does the job without requiring installation? The UKSAT portable bidet may be the right choice for you.
Available in pink or blue options, this $10 portable bidet features a rotatable nozzle and a 560mL base. Fill the base with warm or cold water as desired, then spray the targeted area.
You can bring the UKSAT portable bidet with you anywhere you go. It’s suitable for travel and handheld use and can easily fit inside a suitcase, for example.
- Pros: Cheap; easy to use; no installation required; warm or hot water
- Cons: It’s basically a water bottle with a nozzle
- Price: $10
How We Ranked the Most Popular Bidets
Bidets vary widely in terms of design, quality, and usability. Here are some of the factors we considered when calculating the rankings above:
Style: Some bidets are attached to the toilet. Other bidets replace the entire toilet seat. And then there are portable bidets that function more like an ordinary water bottle.
Installation: Most bidets above are surprisingly easy to install – even if you have limited DIY skills. Installing a bidet is as easy as shutting off your water, adding a valve to the hose before your toilet, and attaching your bidet hose. Some bidets are even easier to install.
Usability: Most bidets are designed to be as easy to use as possible. Some bidets, however, are surprisingly tricky to use – especially if you have mobility issues.
Brand Reputation: Some companies have been successfully making bidets for decades. Others have just started making bidets in recent years. We’re open to startups, although we also appreciate trusted brands with a long history of success.
Price and Value: The bidets listed above are $10 to $30 on the low end and over $600 on the high end. We wanted to feature a range of bidet options to accommodate buyers of all budgets.
Style, Color, and Design: Some bidets are clunky and square. They stick out from your toilet in a garish way. Other bidets are clean, minimalistic, and stylish.
Self-Cleaning: Most bidets listed above clean themselves. After each use, the bidets spray water to remove anything that may have been left behind.
Material Used: Some of the cheapest bidets use low-quality plastic. Higher-end bidets use stainless steel and other high-quality parts.
Electric Versus Mechanical: Some of the best bidets operate without electricity required. Other bidets require electricity.
Pressure Customization: The best bidets let you customize pressure from a gentle mist to a high-pressure spray. Some bidets only have one or two pressure options, while others have a full spectrum.
Dual Nozzle Versus Single Nozzle: Some bidets only provide a ‘posterior’ (rear) clean. Others provide both a front and rear clean.
Warm vs. Cold Water: Most high-end bidets let you customize water temperature from cold to lukewarm to warm. Some cheaper bidets, however, only use cold water.
Smart Features: Yes, there are now “smart bidets” with skin sensors, customizable controls, and more. These smart features are unnecessary for many people, although we still featured a range of smart options for those who want all the bells and whistles.
Heated Seats: Sitting on a warm toilet seat can be pleasant. Some high-end bidets have completely heated seats and other comforting features.
Air Dryer: Some bidets have an air dryer that dries the targeted area using warm air. Most bidets do not. A bidet with an air dryer can completely eliminate the need for toilet paper.
Deodorizers: Some bidets have deodorizers to make your bathroom experience more pleasant.
Who Should Use Bidets?
Bidets are popular with all types of demographics. Young people use bidets. Old people use bidets. People of all races, religions, and creeds use bidets.
Bidets are most popular in Asia. They’re common in Japan and South Korea, for example, where approximately 75% of toilets have bidets. Over the years, bidets have slowly been making their way westward. You can find bidets in many European countries, for example.
Gradually, bidets are conquering their final market: the English speaking world. For whatever reason, countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States have never been big bidet users.
With the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, however, that may change: bidet sales have skyrocketed worldwide, especially in western countries.
Benefits of Bidets
Some of the main benefits of using a bidet include:
- Better personal hygiene and cleaning
- Reduce the impact you have on the environment
- Reduce household waste
- Save money on toilet paper and other sanitary products
- Reduce plumbing problems and prevent clogs
- Keep your hands cleaner
- Relief from certain symptoms of hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections, and other genital conditions
- Ideal for those with obesity or other conditions that reduce mobility
Scientific Evidence for Bidets
It may sound funny to talk about the benefits of bidets. However, there’s plenty of scientific evidence supporting the benefits of bidets listed above.
This 2005 study of 22 nursing home residents who had bidets installed in their bathrooms, for example, found that bidet usage was associated with certain health and hygiene benefits. Half of the residents reported it had a “positive effect on toileting” for example. Researchers found that urine bacteria content decreased after residents installed bidets.
Research has also proven that bidets reduce water usage and waste. As reported by Scientific American, “it takes 37 gallons of water to make just one roll of toilet paper”. The article also mentions that one roll of toilet paper requires approximately 1.5 pounds of wood. In comparison, a bidet consumes only about one pint of water per use.
This study from 2009 reinforced the idea that bidets improve genital health or support symptoms of genital conditions. If you bleed when you wipe (say, if you have hemorrhoids or other genital health issues), then a bidet can be more convenient and satisfying than other treatment methods. This 2011 study supported the claim that electronic bidets could relieve pressure on the anus just as well as a warm sitz bath. Researchers also found that warm water promoted blood circulation in the skin around the anus.
Some bidets claim to improve vaginal health. However, research is mixed. This 2013 study found that bidets were safe for pregnant women to use, and women did not have an increased risk of preterm birth or bacterial vaginosis after using bidets. However, this 2010 study found that regular use of bidets could impact bacterial flora, increasing the risk of bacterial infection.
It’s no secret that using bidets can help you save money. At best, bidets will completely eliminate your toilet paper usage. Even if you still want to use toilet paper, you generally use about 80% less toilet paper when you have a bidet.
American use approximately 45 million rolls of toilet paper every year, spending over $14 billion on rolls.
How to Install a Bidet Attachment
Bidet attachment installation methods vary slightly depending on the type of bidet you’re installing. Generally, however, you use the following five step process to install a bidet:
Step 1) Remove your existing toilet seat, including any hardware attached to the base of the seat
Step 2) Center the bidet attachment on the back rim of your toilet bowl, then align the adjustment plates with the bolt holes in the commode, reconnecting the bolts and reattaching the toilet seat
Step 3) Turn off the cold water supply behind the toilet
Step 4) Attach a T-adapter to the commode’s water tank, then turn off the sink’s hot water supply and attach a T-adapter right after the water valve
Step 5) Connect one cold water supply hose to the water tank, then connect the other to the bidet; if installing a hot water bidet, connect one hot water line to the sink and one to the bidet
Step 6) Turn the cold and hot water valves back on; check for leaks and make sure everything works
Frequently Asked Questions About Bidets
While they have been popular for years all over the world, the technology is still new to many Americans. This section will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about bidets and the companies that create them.
Who Should Use Bidets?
Bidets are popular with all types of demographics. Young people use bidets. Old people use bidets. People of all races, religions, and creeds use bidets. Bidets are most popular in Asia. They’re common in Japan and South Korea, for example, where approximately 75% of toilets have bidets. Over the years, bidets have slowly been making their way westward. You can find bidets in many European countries, for example. Gradually, bidets are conquering their final market: the English speaking world. For whatever reason, countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States have never been big bidet users. With the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, however, that may change: bidet sales have skyrocketed worldwide, especially in western countries.
Does the bidet wand touch me during use?
No, a properly-installed bidet will not touch you with anything other than water during use. If your bidet wand is touching you while it is being used, this might mean that the technology is malfunctioning. You should contact the manufacturer to make sure that your bidet is functioning properly.
Do bidets come with seat warmers?
Some of the fancier bidets come with seat warmers and completely replace your existing toilet seat. However, many bidets simply attach to existing toilets and consequently do not influence the warmth of the seat.
Are bidet toilet seat attachments dirty?
A good bidet will leave you cleaner than toilet paper alone. Most bidets are also self-cleaning and many have guards that prevent splash back, which can help to keep the device both clean and effective for the user.
Can you control the temperature bidet water?
Most bidets allow you to control the temperature, choosing from cold or warm. However, some basic bidets only support cold water. To be sure you get the option that you prefer, carefully check the information provided on the bidet product website.
Do you need a plumber to install a bidet?
Most bidets are very easy to install at home with no plumbing experience. Some more complicated bidets may require an experienced plumber to properly install, but most are easily installed by the consumer.
Do you still need to use toilet paper with a bidet?
Some people use toilet paper with a bidet, while others use no toilet paper whatsoever. Generally, you can expect to use around 80% less toilet paper after installing a bidet, which can both save money and increase cleanliness.
How do you dry yourself after using a bidet?
Some bidets have a warm air dryer that will dry the targeted area after use. With other bidets, you can use toilet paper or a towel to dry yourself. It mostly depends on the model of bidet.
Are bidets toilet seats hard to install?
Most bidets are designed to be easy for anyone to install, even for consumers with minimal skill. If your bidet installation process becomes too difficult, you can always enlist the help of a seasoned plumber.
Do you need an electrical outlet for a bidet?
If you’re using an electronic bidet, then you may need an electrical outlet or batteries for your bidet. If you’re using a mechanical bidet, then you may not need a source of electricity. Carefully review the product information of your chosen bidet to figure out if you need a nearby electrical outlet to use the device.
Can you use an extension cord with my bidet?
It’s generally not a good idea to run extension cords through a wet water environment like a bathroom. Most bidet manufacturers advise against it, and so do we.
Are bidets environmentally friendly?
According to the studies linked above, bidets are much more environmentally friendly than toilet paper. Bidets can cut down on toilet paper usage by an average of 80%, and most consumers end up using no toilet paper at all once they transition to a bidet.
Are bidets healthier?
Some studies have found that bidets are healthier. They help you clean more effectively, reduce waste and bacteria on your hands, and leave bathrooms cleaner than before. Simply using toilet paper is often not enough to effectively clean the anus and eliminate bacteria.
How do you know when you're clean after using a bidet?
Most bidets let you run the bidet as long as needed to make sure you’re clean. You know you're clean when fecal matter is no longer present on the anus.
Do you flush the toilet after using a bidet?
Yes, you flush the toilet as you normally would after using the bidet.
Will a bidet seat fit your toilet?
Most bidets are designed to fit any standard toilet seat. However, if you have a larger toilet seat or a uniquely-shaped toilet seat, then you may need to get a special bidet. Carefully review the dimensions and size of your bidet and toilet to ensure that a bidet will fit your toilet seat properly.
What does a bidet do?
A bidet cleans your butt after you poop using a gentle stream of water.
What does a ‘dual action’, ‘dual nozzle’, or ‘front and back’ bidet do?
A dual nozzle or front/back bidet targets the nozzle in two different directions, allowing both men and women to clean their butts, and for women to clean their private parts.
Are bidets good for septic tanks?
Most experts agree that septic tanks will love your bidet. Bidets reduce the need for toilet paper, and sewage waste without toilet paper is much easier for your septic system to manage.
Bidets are becoming increasingly popular all over the world. Especially amid a global pandemic, toilet paper shortages in the United States have led to a massive spike in interest in bidets as an alternative to toilet paper usage.
Search traffic for bidets has skyrocketed in recent weeks. The COVID-19 coronavirus has sent shockwaves around the world – and it’s had a huge impact on the bidet industry.
People are scrambling to buy toilet paper, food, and other necessities. For many people, there’s never been a better time to buy a bidet.